Nuffield Farming Scholarship sponsored by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

10 November 2016

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society is very proud to continue supporting the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust, an organisation that awards individuals with life changing opportunities, with a view to developing agricultural sector leaders and innovators of the future.

All Nuffield Scholars work within the farming, food, horticulture or rural sectors and during their 18 month long studies will undertake their research project in their area of interest. They will receive a bursary to encourage them to travel for at least eight weeks, allowing them the opportunity to study practices used abroad and at home.

Once again, the society is delighted to sponsor, alongside McDonald’s Restaurants, the 2017 Royal Welsh Scholar, Iwan Vaughan, whose chosen topic is ‘Exploring sustainable protein sources to feed the UK dairy industry, whilst increasing rumen nitrogen efficiency.’


During his studies, Iwan intends to travel across the globe exploring four main areas:

1.    Sustainable UK produced protein sources

2.    Increasing nitrogen efficiency within the rumen

3.    Targeted amino acid feeding in dairy cows

4.    Future alternatives for sustainable protein

Currently working as a dairy specialist at Wynnstay Group PLC, Iwan aims to share the findings from his research with farmers and the wider agricultural community, resulting is a positive impact on the UK dairy industry.

The society is also very much looking forward to receiving the finalised report from the 2015 Royal Welsh Scholar, Aled Davies. Aled, whose report is entitled 'Alternatives to antibiotics in agriculture', will present his findings to the society’s full Council meeting on Friday 9 December. A copy of Aled's report can be seen on the Nuffield International website:

Meanwhile, Anna Jones will be officially invited to this month’s Winter Fair to be formally congratulated on becoming the 2016 Royal Welsh Scholar with her research project on ‘Help or Hinder? Examining the Coverage of Farming Issues in the News Media’.

“The society is committed to encouraging and supporting education and research within the agriculture and land based industries in Wales. Our continued investment in young people is a key part of our future society.” says Steve Hughson, Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Chief Executive.

“Providing the bursary and opportunity for an individual to become a Nuffield Farming Scholar ensures that our rural industries and individuals continue to improve and benefit from their research and learning.”

“We wish all the scholars the best of luck with their studies and look forward to receiving their reports when they are published.”